OCTOBER 28, 2018

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  • 113 Mile MESA GRANDE CENTURY - GranFondo with Palomar

  • 75 Mile PALOMAR METRIC CENTURY - GranFondo

  • 52 Mile - Medio Fondo

  • 26 Mile Loop - Piccolo Fondo

  • NINJA TRAIL QUEST - Mountain Bike Ride

  • "Ghouls on the Run" 5K and 1 Mile Kids Dash - at the Expo Saturday


Read the 2017 Press Release

Organizers release new date for the Giro di San Diego GranFondo and new routes, including a mountain bike route for 2018. Back by popular demand the date has been pushed back 5 weeks to cooler weather, now scheduled for late October. The start and finish will be at Kit Carson Park in Escondido allowing a cooler climb of the Mt Palomar, now positioned only 20 miles from the start. The long Course features a route that includes the Mesa Grande, a serene and picturesque loop in the back country of San Diego. Come Saturday to the Health and Fitness Community Expo and and bring the family to our new "Ghouls on the Run 5K and 1 mile kids run."

4 Road Routes to choose 26, 52, 75, and 113 miles

and Ninja Trail Quest Mountain Bike

View all Routes →

The giro is known for having challenging and picturesque routes, outstanding ride support, delicious food on course and a post-ride party!


  • New! - Palomar Metric Century Option
  • New! - Epic Mesa Grande Century including Palomar Mt
  • Shorter Medio Fondo Route
  • Beginner loop
  • Beer, wine, great food and live entertainment
  • Featuring the legendary South Grade of Palomar Mountain
  • Timed routes and KOM / QOM championship
  • 4 Route Distances + Mountain Bike

Southern California meets Italy at the Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo, a celebration of cycling and food. Held in beautiful Escondido, CA, our two-day festival features a mass-start, timed cycling event for road and mountain bikers and the Bike & Fitness Expo.

The Ninja Trail Quest MTB is Back!

Mountain Bikers, The Ninja Trail Quest is back for another year. Try out the new 27 mile course with totems along the way and well-stocked rest stops for support. To complete the event, retrieve the totems and head to the finish line. View MTB Details →

Event proceeds support the CAF Project Rebound

We are happy to announce that in 2016 over $7,000 (100% of the event proceeds) was donated to our charities from this ride.

Giro di San Diego is proud to partner with Challenged Athletes Foundation's® (CAF) Operation Rebound®. Operation Rebound funds equipment, training and travel expenses that can help our injured troops and first responders to harness the healing power of sport – whether the goal is to win Paralympic gold or just run around the block. 


Our mission is to draw cyclists from around the globe to enjoy the best riding that San Diego has to offer. We are a charity focused event and use our love for the Italian GranFondo to raise money and awareness for local causes. 

Do you What to Speak to the Community?

Would you like an opportunity to speak at our Community Bike - Health - & Fitness Expo? Are you passionate about cycling in San Diego County? Do you have a cause you represent? This is your chance to speak. Click Here to Find Out More


The location for this event has moved to Kit Carson Park in Escondido, California. This new venue will allow the riders to have a cooler climb of Mt. Palomar. 


The routes for this event will host many of the best rides in the North County as well as the most frequently traveled paths taken by the many professional athletes that ride in the area. These roads have challenged the wheels of riders such as Lance Armstrong, Chris Horner, Axel Merckx, Thurlow Rogers and many others. The long Gran Fondo will also boast the fiercest of all climbs in San Diego, the south grade of Palomar Mountain. This climb was featured on the 2009 Tour of California and will be our official KOM/QOM for the Gran Fondo course riders.

New Course record set by David Bruemmer in 2016, 5:59:08
Palomar Record still standing by Neil Shirley set in 2012, 1:02:21

 2016 Giro di San Diego Tech T-Shirt

2016 Giro di San Diego Tech T-Shirt